April 12th, 2010
03:36 PM ET
12 years ago

Senator vows to block carry-on fee

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Chuck Schumer vowed Monday to offer legislation that would prohibit airlines from charging passengers a fee to carry on luggage.

Spirit Airlines recently announced a carry on fee ranging from $30 to $45 per bag, becoming the first U.S carrier to charge for carry on luggage.

The New York Democrat said in an interview on CNN that the new fees "step over the line" and if the Treasury Department does not answer his plea to prevent the fees from being implemented he is certain that the legislation will go through the Senate and the House "like a hot knife through butter."

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  1. If Its Not Broken Its Because A Liberal Hasnt Tried to Fix It

    Big brother Chuck and the liberal congress trying to run our lifes some more and make more decisions for us. If its a big deal, we just wont fly or wont fly with them. Why dont you go concentrate on jobs and cutting the federal deficit and spending.

    April 12, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Kelly S

    There's no bigger problem's to deal with now is there???? More worried about little BS than real issue's.

    April 12, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Dar

    How about vowing to find us jobs chucky instead of playing God with the airlines Dems need to go away, far far away

    April 12, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Tre'

    Look I hate the additional fee... but for this to be legistlated? C'mon really? That is too much. Don't make me go join the Tea Party. Maybe they have something there?

    April 12, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Travis

    I support the per-bag fee for checked luggae, since there is a cost to carriers in fuel and servies per bag.

    Charging for small carry-on bags, however, goes over the line..

    April 12, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Bob B

    I really dont care how much Spirit or anyone else rationalizes or uses the new marketeering terms (ala carte pricing ??) they are just finding new ways to reach in our pockets. I have notified Spirit to cancel my points account and that I will now longer fly with them on business or otherwise nor will my family or employees (at least any travel they want to expense).

    Come On People – stop fussing and vote with your wallets

    April 12, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. DawnL,CA

    Doesn't Schumer have more important things to do? The public will take care of Spirit Airlines by not flying on them. There are many airlines. Sen. Schumer needs to concentrate on duties of the Senate. For instance, no amnesty for illegals, oversight of the banking industry & insurance companies. Why are they always messing around with the unimportant stuff. jeez

    April 12, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. Julnor

    You must be kidding. This is none of the govt's business. The traveling public will determine the fate of this fee.

    April 12, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. AMT

    The senator should concern himself more with legislation banning new taxes and fees imposed on passengers by the likes of him, big government. Paying close attention to the fare breakdown on a ticket, one would notice that every government agency has their hands in the cookie jar. The sin tax on alcohol and tobacco is chump change compared to airline ticket taxes. It is absurd that a senator would even dare think about taking such a step. But then again, it's Schumer, it's New York...... Oh and by the way, traveling by air is not a right. It's a service, good or bad is a matter of oppinion, but it is not a right.

    April 12, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. mark

    Why does the government think it has to pass a law about carry on bags. The CUSTOMERS will tell Spirit airlines with their non bookings
    and cancellations.

    April 12, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Bob from Pittsburgh

    The Airlines started the entire mess, and now are paying the consecuenses.

    STOP the nonsence and include the bag charge on the ticket.

    Not very smart...!!!

    April 12, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Andy from NYC

    Good luck Ckuck!!! This industry has already been collecting over a BILLION DOLLARS in assorted fees. The flying public really does not need another and that includes those for toilets. I am seriously considering wearing diapers, then all I would have to contend with is the TSA.

    April 12, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Dems NEED the poor

    That's ironic considering this is the same guy that voted to force an IRS Fee on Americans that don't buy healthcare...

    April 12, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Brian - Trinidad

    The biggest contributor to airline delays and costs is those people with out-of-control carry on luggage.A carry-on should be restricted to a container with personal use items only,of a quantity adequate to suffice for the time of the flight.Instead we get huge packages of God-knows-what.Time to tack-on a significant fee,and Schumer,go back to the hill and do something that benefits society for a change.

    April 12, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Fiscal Responsibility

    The New World Order. Making a profit and not falling into government receivership is now unconstitutional. Next week they will speed through legistation on the number of bubbles in beer foam and how many sea shells per mile of coastline are permitted.

    Hopefully the voters cut this guy like a knife through butter come November.

    April 12, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Rich


    April 12, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. Sandy

    I travel frequently and I think charging for carry on bags instead of stowed bags is a great idea, and have said that for years. All those carry on bags slow down going through security, and boarding and off loading the aircraft. It's ridiculas how much people try and get on with. I fault the airlines for not enforcing the carry on rules.

    April 12, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Wisconsonite - Be Informed; Not Just Opinionated!

    he is certain that the legislation will go through the Senate and the House "like a hot knife through butter."

    Yeah, we'd like to think that Sen. Schumer, but I'd be willing to bet that at least some of the GOP will say "NO"!

    April 12, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. GJ

    The best solution is to charge people that want to carry bags in the cabin and make CHECKED bags FREE. This will balance out the problem, solve the complaints about fees, and reduce the cabin carry-on madness. That is the simplest and best solution for airlines–how come they can't understand that? People that travel light can put their bag under their seat and everyone else should check their bag. It was the biggest mistake to charge for checked baggage because airlines are suffering delays more frequently now because they are dealing with too many bags in the cabin...having to gate check at the last minute, etc. FIX THE PROBLEM don't make it WORSE!

    April 12, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. No More Incumbents

    Yeah, why worry about jobs, let's concentrate on the real problems, like bag check fees. Please vote this moron out.

    April 12, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Laurie in Spokane

    All these fees for luggage, carry-ons, food, bathroom use are going to just kill the airline industry. I'd rather drive a thousand miles than take a plane and go through all the hassle with security, and taking your shoes off, and body scans, and now the gouging for basic services. If they were trying to find a way to discourage people from flying, they've certainly done a fine job.

    April 12, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. fernandez, Chicago

    Sen. Schumer
    How come you did not fight against the charge for checked baggage. I think the airlines should charge for carry on luggage, mainly due to the following:
    The big carry on bags delay flights or have to be checked in at the gate.
    The airlines should charge for carry on bags and let checked luggage
    fly free.

    April 12, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. NY Resident

    ...Schumer is an embarrassment (but he's our little embarrassment, darn it)...
    ...he's become the 21st century Senator Pothole...

    April 12, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. Marybeth

    Congress needs to spend their time creating new jobs in the US, finding a sensible solution to healthcare in the US, etc., not fighting these kinds of silly battles. Let the market place work itself out. Though not happy with the policy and cost, I see the airlines' point. I can't believe what I see people taking onto planes; it's ridiculous. Perhaps this kind of "policing" will curtail the madness. Just figure you have to add "X" dollars to your ticket price, depending on the amount of "stuff" you want to take with you - and get over it. I like "pay for yourself" responsibility. Maybe people will learn to live with less in other areas, too - a lesson the whole country needs to re-learn at this point in time.

    April 12, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Anthony In Miami

    Thank you Senator! This is a lame brain idea in the first place! Spirit cost itself passengers it could have had. I have never flown Spirit and now I'm sure I probably never will.

    April 12, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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